Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist by Lesa Cline-Ransome

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Marshall Taylor could ride his bike forward, backward, even perched on the handlebars. When his stunts landed him a job at the famous Indiana bike shop Hay and Willits, folks were amazed that a thirteen-year-old black boy in 1891 could be such a crackerjack cyclist.

How little Marshall Taylor—through dedication, undeniable talent, and daring speed—transformed himself into the extraordinary Major Taylor is chronicled in this inspiring biography. In this eBook with audio, discover the story of a kid who turned pro at the age of eighteen, went on to win the world championship title just three years later, and battled racism and the odds to become a true American hero.

About Lesa Cline-Ransome

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Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome are the author and illustrator of Satchel Paige, the story of the first black player to pitch in a major league World Series. James is also the illustrator of such titles as Let My People Go by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack and Under the Quilt of Night by Deborah Hopkinson and has received many accolades for his illustrations, including the Coretta Scott King Award and the NAACP Image Award. James and Lesa live with their four children in upstate New York. Visit James at his Web site: James E. Ransome's highly acclaimed illustrations for Let My People Go won the NAACP Image Award. His other award-winning titles include Coretta Scott King Honor Book Uncle Jed's Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell, Deborah Hopkinson's Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, and Satchel Paige, written by his wife, Lesa. Mr. Ransome teaches illustration at Pratt Institute and lives in upstate New York with his family. Visit James at his Web site:
Published August 21, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Concisely and affectingly, Cline-Ransome describes the racial prejudice that plagued the athlete on and off the race course: "All of the large purses won in races all over the country couldn't buy him a meal in a restaurant or a room in a hotel."

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